Comedy is and always has been the beating heart of Big Talk, often overlapping and conspiring with other genres. In recent years the company has expanded significantly and, alongside it, so has the breadth and scope of the material being developed and produced.
Big Talk’s first feature film was cult comedy Shaun of the Dead, for which Nira Park received a Carl Foreman Award nomination at BAFTA. The film was the first instalment of Edgar Wright’s iconic Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. ‘Shaun’ was followed by 2007 hit Hot Fuzz and 2013’s The World’s End.
Big Talk produced Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in 2010; Joe Cornish’s SXSW audience award-winning debut feature Attack the Block in 2011, and that same year Greg Mottola’s Paul, written by Pegg and Frost. In 2012, Big Talk produced Ben Wheatley’s Cannes-premiered black-comedy Sightseers; in 2013 Jeremy Lovering’s critically acclaimed psychological horror In Fear, which premiered at Sundance; and in 2014 Cuban Fury, starring Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd and Rashida Jones.
In 2015 Big Talk produced rom-com Man Up, starring Simon Pegg, Lake Bell and directed by Ben Palmer. The movie premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won ‘Best Comedy’ at the 2016 National Film Awards. Big Talk also produced Sacha Baron Cohen’s action-comedy Grimsby, which was released February 2016.
Later in 2016 Big Talk produced Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, which stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza González, Jon Bernthal and Kevin Spacey. The film premiered at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival where it won the SXSW Audience Award. It was released in June 2017 to huge critical acclaim and went on to gross over $220M worldwide.
Currently in production is Joe Cornish’s The Kid Who Would Be King which Big Talk is producing with Working Title for 20th Century Fox. The film stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Angus Imrie, Denise Gough, Sir Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson, and is due for a 2019 release.
Big Talk continues to work with some of the most exciting voices in both the UK and the US to bring fresh, dynamic, authored stories to screen.